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“RDA Toolkit Essentials” webinar

As you know, RDA is still in the works. The RDA Toolkit has undergone revisions. This January 18, 2012 at 9:30am (CST), there will begin a series of webinars on the essentials of the Toolkit. In fact, every other month or third Wednesday will be a webinar on the Toolkit.

Here’s the blurb, which includes a link to register for the 1/18/2012 webinar:

The webinar RDA Toolkit Essentials serves as an introduction and guide to using RDA Toolkit. Unlike past webinars, it is not a one-off event. Instead, it will return every other month (typically on the third Wednesday), and each occurrence of RDA Toolkit Essentials will focus on exactly that–the essentials of using RDA Toolkit. We’ll review subscription options, logging in, navigating, creating Workflows, and setting bookmarks. We’ll cover the variety of content available and offer tips for getting more from your account. And above all, we will answer your questions.

In the past RDA Toolkit has recorded all webinars and kept them in our training archive. The thought was that anyone who wanted to learn about RDA Toolkit could always access a past webinar. This remains a good idea, and we will continue to provide that service, including recordings of RDA Toolkit Essentials. But we strongly believe that a regular webinar dedicated to the needs of new users will facilitate more efficient and effective use of our product.

Every session of RDA Toolkit Essentials will be free and open to everyone. We hope the webinars become “must” for anyone who is new to cataloging or new to RDA: Resource Description and Access, or anyone needing a little refresher on one or two of RDA Toolkit’s many features. With RDA Toolkit Essentials, attendees will receive a tour of the latest and greatest version of RDA Toolkit and will be assured that their questions or comments will be addressed.

Next Meeting of RDA Toolkit Essentials:

January 18, 2012, at 9:30 am (CST; GMT -6) – REGISTER

RDA Toolkit Essentials Archive

November 16, 2011: Slides | Video


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“AACR2 to RDA Using the RDA Toolkit” Streaming

If you missed the webinar entitled “AACR2 to RDA Using the RDA Toolkit” by Troy Linker, then you’re in luck. It is now available online as a streaming video. Simply go to: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/webinar/2011Feb and click the play button. Or watch it here.

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New Webinar: New Features of the RDA Toolkit

ALA Publishing is offering a new webinar on the RDA Toolkit, free of charge. This webinar will outline several new features of the toolkit.

Here are the details:

Join us for this free webinar!

RDA Toolkit—
What’s new since August

Join Publisher Troy Linker and the RDA Toolkit staff for a free webinar showcasing some of the new functionality and content added to the RDA Toolkit since the end of the open-access period (August 31).

The webinar will include

  • LCPS (Library of Congress Policy Statements)—now included in the RDA toolkit. See a demo, including links to and from RDA.
  • Accessing and using globally and locally shared workflows
  • Creating and sharing your own workflows
  • Links from AACR2 to RDA
  • Using RDA Toolkit support, including new how-to videos
  • Discussion of future enhancements
  • Q&A

Reserve your place today at one of these sessions!

  • Wednesday, November 10, 8:00-9:00pm CDT (GMT -6) [Good choice for Australia and Asia]
  • Thursday, November 11, 9:00-10:00am CDT (GMT -6) [Good choice for Europe and Africa]
  • Thursday, November 11, 3:00-4:00pm CDT (GMT -6)

(Offered at multiple times to allow people in different time zones to participate; the times listed are US Central time zone hours. The World Clock will help you work out the best time for you.)

Not able to join us for one of the live events? The webinars will be recorded and posted to www.rdatoolkit.org/training.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) and the RDA Toolkit are published by the Co-Publishers for RDA (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

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RDA Toolkit and Cataloger’s Desktop

For those of who were and/or are asking about access to the RDA Toolkit if you are a subscriber to Cataloger’s Desktop…

The Library of Congress and the co-publishers of Resource Description and Access (RDA) have announced that subscribers to Cataloger’s Desktop are now able to access the new RDA Toolkit, a separate subscription service, via Cataloger’s Desktop.

Once users subscribe to both Desktop and RDA Toolkit, they can access RDA through Desktop’s search and discovery interface. Hits (including hits in context) display in Desktop’s search-results pane. When subscribers click on a hit in RDA, they are taken immediately to the content in the RDA Toolkit. In addition:

* Once an RDA link is followed, Desktop users can access the full functionality of the RDA Toolkit, including workflows;

* Linking from LC Policy Statements (the successor to the LC Rule Interpretations) and the MARC formats to RDA is provided;

* Cataloger’s Desktop subscribers with RDA Toolkit logins can enter their RDA login in their Desktop preferences so that both products work seamlessly together.

Please note that the Cataloger’s Desktop Frequently Asked Questions have been updated to provide information about accessing RDA via Cataloger’s Desktop. These FAQs include information about recording your RDA login in your Desktop preferences, as well as technical information about logging into RDA Toolkit.

Cataloger’s Desktop: RDA Toolkit At-a-Glance: http://www.loc.gov/cds/desktop/training/6-RDA.pdf

RDA in Cataloger’s Desktop FAQs: http://www.loc.gov/cds/desktop/web-faqs.html#QAs-RDA

Sign up for RDA Toolkit: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/openaccess

Read the press release: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-043.html

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“Making the Most of RDA Toolkit”

Now that the RDA Toolkit has officially launched, perhaps you would like to see some of its features. If you’re weren’t able to go to the webinar on the toolkit or would like to revisit it, ALA Publishing has posted the session on its RDA website at: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/training/openaccesswebinar. They have also posted the PowerPoint slides at: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/sites/default/files/RDAToolkit_OpenAccess_Webinar.pdf.

For the video, they offer both training sessions if you want to get all the questions for both.

All in all, I found that this webinar presented material that they had already covered in their earlier webinar, “RDA Toolkit-A guided tour”. If you really want to know the ins and outs of the Toolkit, I would suggest signing up for the free access. To do this, just go to Open Access Period or Sign up by clicking here. And start playing around in the Toolkit itself.

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RDA Toolkit Is Now Available

From Troy Linker:

It’s here! The RDA Toolkit launches Wednesday, June 23.

The Co-Publishers of the RDA Toolkit (American Library Association,

Canadian Library Association, and CILIP–through its publishing

imprint, Facet Publishing) are delighted to announce that the RDA

Toolkit is going live Wednesday, June 23.

If you have already signed up for free open access, you will receive

an email with your login information. For institutional access, an

email with login information will be sent to the email address

provided during sign-up.

As you use the RDA Toolkit, you’ll notice ongoing improvements and

additions. We look forward to your feedback. RDA Toolkit highlights to


  • RDA instructions that are searchable and browseable
  • AACR2 Rule Number Search of RDA instructions
  • Workflows, mappings: tools to customize the RDA instruction set to
  • support organizational training and processes.
  • Two views of RDA content-by table of contents and by element set
  • Full text of AACR2

If you or your institution haven’t yet signed up for free open access

through August 31, 2010, please visit www.rdatoolkit.org/openaccess.

Sign up at www.rdatoolkit.org/rdalist to receive information about

free trials, special introductory offers (double-user offer for site

license subscriptions through August 31, 2011!), webinars, product

updates, and more.

Bookmark the informational website www.rdatoolkit.org where you can

access webinar archives, an RDA training calendar, presenter/trainer

materials, pricing in the major currencies, and more.

If you need to process a subscription before the electronic order form

and payment gateway go live in the next few weeks, please contact us

via the RDA Toolkit Support Center at www.rdatoolkit.org/support so we

can process your order. You will not pay for any part of your

subscription that falls within the open-access period; we will extend

all subscriptions through at least August 31, 2011.

And if you’re attending ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.,

visit us in the exhibits at booth #2605 for a demo, to chat with ALA

Digital Reference Publisher Troy Linker and other staff, and to review

an early sample of the print RDA Instructions.

Kind regards,

Troy Linker

Publisher, ALA Digital Reference

American Library Association

(312) 280-5101

www.rdatoolkit.org www.guidetoreference.org

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Update about RDA Toolkit

For those who have asked for an account with the RDA Toolkit for the trial period, here’s an update from Troy from ALA Publishing.

…The open access period for the RDA Toolkit has not yet begun.  The site will launch soon. Each person that signed up or gave us their email address will be notified of the launch by email in addition to postings on this list and many others.

Users that have registered for open access will receive their login information (site URL, authentication method with login and password if

applicable) via email on or slightly before launch day.  Early open access confirmation emails contained a erroneous URL to a nonexistent online registration confirmation page. This URL is not the site URL (the site URL will be made public on launch day) and due to the confusion the URL was dropped from subsequent open access emails. Anyone that would like more information about open access please visit our website www.rdatoolkit.org/openaccess

Anyone that believes they registered for open access who does not receive their login information on launch day, please submit a support ticket at www.rdatoolkit.org/support and our staff will confirm your registration and re-send your login information.

Kind regards,

Troy Linker

Publisher, ALA Digital Reference

American Library Association

(312) 280-5101

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